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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We’ve all seen the black smoke pouring out of chimneys all around the city. But just what’s behind that pollution, and what is the city doing to help clean up the air? Also today: Comptroller John Liu; Paul Farmer, UN deputy special envoy to Haiti; and Louis Menand on the state of higher education in America.

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Paul Farmer, Comptroller John Liu and Louis Menand

Homelessness Counts

Last night was the city's annual street survey of the homeless. WNYC's Coro Fellow Sophia Tu took part in the survey - she discusses what she saw. Mary Brosnahan, Executive Director at Coalition for the Homeless, surveys the state of homelessness in 2010 and what the ...

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Comptroller Chat

New York City Comptroller John Liu looks at the state and city budgets and what can be done to fix the fiscal crisis.

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Cost of NYC's Dirty Oil

What's behind that black smoke pouring out of many city buildings? From the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity, Executive Director Michael Livermore and fellow Jason Schwartz discuss their recent study of the effects of oil boilers on the city's air, and the larger efforts being made to clean up ...

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Dr. Paul Farmer on Haiti

Dr. Paul Farmer, Professor at Harvard medical school, co-founder of Partners in Health and UN deputy special envoy to Haiti, discusses his work in the relief effort in Haiti.

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Louis Menand: College-Bound

Louis Menand, Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer and Professor of English at Harvard University argues that the structure of U.S. higher education is out-dated in his new book The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time) (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010).

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Open Phones: What Should the President Fight For?

We want to hear from Left, Right, and Center: What should President Obama fight for? The President is facing challenges from all sides on a variety of issues. How should he prioritize, and where should he take a stand? Comment below!

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